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Collier County
The Collier County courthouse in April 2010
The Collier County courthouse in April 2010
Flag of Collier County
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Official seal of Collier County
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Map of Florida highlighting Collier County
Location within the U.S. state of Florida
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Florida's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Florida
Founded May 8, 1923
Named for Barron Collier
Seat East Naples
Largest city Naples
Area
 • Total 2,305 sq mi (5,970 km2)
 • Land 1,998 sq mi (5,170 km2)
 • Water 307 sq mi (800 km2)  13.3%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
384,902
 • Density 187/sq mi (72/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts 19th, 25th
Collier government center
Collier County's main administration building, left, and the back end of the county courthouse, right.

Collier County is a county in the U.S. state of Florida. As of the 2020 census, the population was 375,752; an increase of 16.9% since the 2010 United States Census. Its county seat is East Naples, where the county offices were moved from Everglades City in 1962.

Collier County comprises the Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers-Naples Combined Statistical Area.

History

Collier County was created in 1923 from Lee County. It was named for Barron Collier, a New York City advertising mogul and real estate developer who had moved to southwest Florida and established himself as a prominent land owner. He agreed to build the Tamiami Trail for what was then Lee County (comprising today's Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry, and Lee Counties) in exchange for favorable consideration with the state legislature to have a county named for him. After Collier County was named, Collier was quoted as saying: "When I first came here on holiday with Juliet, I never expected that I would buy a whole region of it, nor did I expect to pay for the new Tamiami Trail, or half the things I've done. But I really didn't expect to have a whole county named after me."

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,305 square miles (5,970 km2), of which 1,998 square miles (5,170 km2) is land and 307 square miles (800 km2) (13.3%) is water. It is the largest county in Florida by land area and fourth-largest by total area. Virtually the entire southeastern portion of the county lies within the Big Cypress National Preserve. The northernmost portion of Everglades National Park extends into the southern coastal part of the county.

Adjacent counties

Collier County is located at the southern end of Florida's Gulf Coast, and bounded by:

National protected areas

Transportation

  • Everglades Airpark
  • Immokalee Airport
  • Marco Island Airport
  • Naples Municipal Airport
  • Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport (mostly unused)

Major highways

  • I-75.svg Interstate 75
  • US 41.svg U.S. Route 41
  • Florida 29.svg State Road 29
  • Florida 84.svg State Road 84
  • Florida 951.svg State Road 951

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 2,883
1940 5,102 77.0%
1950 6,488 27.2%
1960 15,753 142.8%
1970 38,040 141.5%
1980 85,971 126.0%
1990 152,099 76.9%
2000 251,377 65.3%
2010 321,520 27.9%
2019 (est.) 384,902 19.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

2010 census

The county continues to experience significant growth and is becoming increasingly diverse. As of the 2010 census, the county's population had increased to 321,520, an increase of 27.9% over the 2000 census. As of 2012, the United States Census estimates the county's population at 332,427, an increase of 3.4% since the 2010 census. As of the 2010 census, 83.85% of the population was non-Hispanic whites, 25.9% was Latino or Hispanic, 6.6% was African-American and 1.1% was Asian. As of the 2010 census, the greatest source of population growth in the county since the 2000 census came from the Latino or Hispanic population which grew from 49,296 (19.6% of the total population) to 83,177 (25.9% of the total population). In terms of ancestry, 37.9% were English, 9.9% were Irish, 9.1% were "American", 3.2% were Italian and 3.1% were German.

2020 census

Collier County racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White (NH) 211,156 235,455 65.67% 62.66%
Black or African American (NH) 19,898 22,554 6.19% 6.0%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 609 551 0.19% 0.15%
Asian (NH) 3,390 5,419 1.05% 1.44%
Pacific Islander (NH) 72 61 0.02% 0.02%
Some Other Race (NH) 431 1,502 0.13% 0.4%
Mixed/Multi-Racial (NH) 2,787 7,961 0.87% 2.12%
Hispanic or Latino 83,177 102,249 25.87% 27.21%
Total 321,520 375,752

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 375,752 people, 140,578 households, and 97,279 families residing in the county.

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Invasive snake issues

Collier is located in the center of Florida's invasive snake epidemic. A three-month effort at the beginning of 2016 netted over one ton of captured snakes, including a Florida record for largest male Burmese python, measuring 16 feet and weighing 140 pounds.

In popular culture

Collier County was featured in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective as the home of fictional athlete Ray Finkle, described in the film as "the first and only professional athlete to come out of Collier County." Ace visits Collier to find Ray's family.

It was also shown in the Showtime series Dexter at the rest stop meeting between Dexter and the Trinity Killer.

Education

The county's public schools are operated by the District School Board of Collier County.

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See also

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